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Admissions Requirements

The admissions requirements listed below apply to applicants with the Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level qualifications. For applicants with A-Level qualifications from UK (Cambridge, Edexel, AQA, ) and other countries (Brunei, Sri Lanka, for example), please refer to Admissions Requirements for applicants with International Qualifications.

Applicants With H1/H2 Level Subjects (current A-Level syllabus)

  • Good passes in at least 3 H2 content-based subjects, 1 H1 content-based subject, Project Work (PW) and General Paper (GP)/Knowledge & Inquiry (KI). Other acceptable subject combinations include : 4 H2 content-based subjects, PW and GP; or 3 H2 content-based subjects, PW and KI. For the H2 and H1 content-based subjects, at least one content-based subject must be from a contrasting discipline. Click here for information on the Indicative Grade Profile
  • Interview for shortlisted applicants. Shortlisted Law/Computing & Law applicants must also take a writing test

Applicants With A/AO Level Subjects (old A-Level syllabus)

  • Good passes in at least 3 GCE A-Level subjects and General Paper
  • Interview for shortlisted applicants. Shortlisted Law/Computing & Law applicants must also take a writing test

Law Interviews/Writing Tests — Interviews/Writing Tests for shortlisted Law/Computing & Law applicants are conducted in end-March to April. Click here for important information on this.

Business Management Interviews — Shortlisted applicants, including those who are not residing in Singapore, are required to attend face-to-face interviews at SMU campus. As such, under normal circumstances, the Lee Kong Chian School of Business (LKCSB) does not conduct telephone/Skype interviews.

GP / KI Requirements For Law/Computing & Law Applicants

Law/Computing & Law applicants must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • GP / KI grade of A or B (H1 / H2 level syllabus)
  • GP of B3 or better (A / AO syllabus)

Mathematics Requirement

A good number of courses in the Economics programme are of a highly quantitative nature. As such, applicants are expected to fulfil the following Maths requirements:

Economics programme : a good pass in Maths at H2 Level / H1 Level /A-Level (old syllabus) / Additional Maths at GCE O-Level

Applicants who do not have this requirement can still apply for consideration if they have alternative Mathematics content background. The School of Economics makes the final decision on admission.

Mother Tongue Language (MTL) Requirement

Unless exempted from Mother Tongue Language (MTL) requirement, you must meet one of the following MTL requirements:

  • 'S' grade or better in MTL or General Studies in Chinese at H1 Level or Mother Tongue Language and Literature at H2 Level
  • D7 grade or better in Higher MTL at O-Level
  • Pass in MTL Syllabus B at A-Level

Successful applicants who have not met the MTL requirement will be offered Conditional Admission and are required to satisfy this requirement before graduating from SMU.

Discretionary Admissions

Under the Discretionary Admissions (DA) framework, SMU will consider applicants who may not have met the cut-off academic grade but have other outstanding achievements and attributes that SMU values, and whom SMU assesses to have the ability to successfully complete an undergraduate degree. These attributes supplement and complement the core qualities (beyond academic abilities) that SMU looks for in all students admitted to the university: critical thinking abilities, communication skills, and attitude (e.g. motivation, perseverance, determination, curiosity). Up to 15% of places are set aside each year for applicants admitted under Discretionary Admissions.

SMU will look for evidence of outstanding achievements/attributes. Examples include but are not limited to the following:

  • Excellence and/or leadership in sports and/or arts;
  • Impactful leadership and/or participation in community service and volunteer programmes;
  • Significant awards and achievements in area/s relevant to the course applied for;
  • Noteworthy involvement in work (internship) relevant to the course applied for;
  • Noteworthy involvement in entrepreneurial activity;
  • Ability to overcome significant difficulties and life challenges.

Applicants who wish to be considered under the Discretionary Admissions scheme are to provide details in the Achievements section of the online application form for admission, and submit copies of supporting documents, where available, to attest to these achievements.

Retaking The A-Level Examinations

Applicants who think that they are unlikely to secure admission to SMU in 2019 are advised to consider retaking their A-Level examinations in 2019 as private candidates.  Registration for the examinations will be conducted in March 2019 by the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB). For more details, please visit their website at http://www.seab.gov.sg/ or contact the Ministry of Education Customer Service Hotline at 6872-2220.


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